Ethan Vestby

Ethan Vestby
Ethan Vestby's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Little White Lies The Film Stage Cinema Scope

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T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 100% Zeros and Ones (2021) There's the lingering feeling that it makes it ultimately stronger, that the man is reaching peace with himself. Long live Abel! - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
B 92% Anne at 13,000 ft (2020) What's most appealing about Anne at 13,000 ft is that it's going for something unknowable. There's certainly something to be said for a film dealing with such tricky material that doesn't try to prescribe, but rather mend. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
C+ 93% Mogul Mowgli (2021) For something that deals with assimilation, disability, and art in one fell swoop, it's disappointing that the experience of watching Mogul Mowgli seems no deeper than reading a plot synopsis. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
B- 38% Reminiscence (2021) If certainly heavy-handed in its political allusions, one still gets the feeling its creatives ultimately just wanted to do their little '90s throwback hard-boiled sci-fi noir. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
B- 62% Jungle Cruise (2021) There might be some expectation for seasoned B-director Jaume Collet-Serra to really bring something to the table in his official ascension to the big leagues, but he acts here as a more capable and efficient Jon Turteltaub. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
C 26% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Not to keep singing the praises of a cynical enterprise jumpstarted by a Nike commercial, but it feels inexplicable why this sequel is 30 minutes longer and makes its predecessor resemble some example of strong, classical storytelling. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
C 46% Seance (2021) The matter is certainly not helped by lead Suki Waterhouse, whose severe lack of charisma weighs the entire movie down as well as a drab, depressing sheen which adds an almost odd sense of self-importance to the proceedings. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
C 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) The final result being neither dramatically satisfying nor entertaining as a stylistic exercise, discovering what exactly The Woman in the Window tried for before reshoots and re-editing may offer a more compelling mystery. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
C- 77% Enfant Terrible (2021) The film feels more concerned with hitting the major beats of a Wikipedia page than actually creating a fully formed cinematic character. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
C 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Though a problem with this reboot--and perhaps this will stem from expectations--is that one doesn't come away really wowed by the world or understanding how it spawned such a vast multimedia empire of games, movies, and comics. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
B 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) With the length of a biblical epic and chapter breaks of a Lars von Trier drama, this reconstructed cut wears portent on its sleeve. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
C+ 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) It's never daring or dangerous enough to transcend simple platitudes about representation or not giving up on your dreams. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ 81% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) It can't be overstated the simple pleasures of something that's genuine but never cringe-inducing, and light but never sugary. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
64% Disappearance (Verdwijnen) (2017) Maybe the film needed more of that hilariously overwrought quality to actually hold the viewer's attention. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
C 63% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) A three-hour cuckold drama that's thankfully at least a little closer in spirit to the lizard-brained surrealism of Post Tenebras Lux as opposed to his banalization of Dreyer (and still art-house calling card) Silent Light. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
C 87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) Considering the anger captured onscreen, is now really the time for such softball humanism? - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
D 71% Hold the Dark (2018) Getting the chance to be an exceedingly dull stab at Elevated Horror, Elevated Thriller, and Elevated Action all in one fell swoop, Hold the Dark is nothing but a staggering failure in both the realm of art and entertainment. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
88% Let Me Fall (2018) And don't worry, the careful flashback structure will be sure to further remind us of this lopsided binary between their lives throughout. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
67% The Day I Lost My Shadow (Yom Adaatou Zouli) (2018) The Day I Lost My Shadow serves as the perfect example of a film that's in no way contemptible but hard to muster any real enthusiasm for. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B 91% In Fabric (2019) It's easy to admire Strickland's formal chops while still finding the film-or rather his throwback "flourishes"-a little conceited. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
69% Angel (Un ange) (2021) Fae's titular Ange may be who we begin and end the film with, but Thierry's more pedestrian issues are unfortunately where the film's heart ultimately lies. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
C+ 59% Caniba (2018) As disturbing as the film can be, at the end of the day one doesn't really take much away from it. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
B 78% Scarred Hearts (2018) Scarred Hearts achieves a poetic dimension more through its formalism than its subject. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
94% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) As its protagonist's desperation takes hold, the motivating factors of the wife and children he's pressured to protect gradually recede from the narrative, and director Johnny Ma focuses instead on the character's morphing into a violent anti-hero. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) This is a cartoon that knows it's a cartoon. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
75% Jean of the Joneses (2016) Considering that it's based in such a particular milieu, it's disappointing that so much of Jean of the Joneses feels commonplace, from dialogue that consists mostly of sitcom-ready quips to staid mise en scène that stagnates Paige's game performance. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
85% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) With its dystopian setting housing superhuman teens and zombies, The Girl With All the Gifts seems like a movie generated by a Young Adult Entertainment algorithm. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
100% Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah) (2016) It speaks to Sabbagh's talent that he can finally administer such a light touch to a movie whose romantic leads so self-consciously bear the burdens of generational and national identity. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
No Score Yet Miami (2017) Choosing to be a prosaic crime flick, replete with dull-as-dishwater naturalism and handheld camerawork, over the full-blown erotic thriller hinted at by the logline is nothing but a missed opportunity. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
96% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) While in places you can see the film Legrand is trying to make-a domestic mosaic of sorts-in the end, Custody comes off as far too formulaic and vague. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
B+ 93% First Reformed (2018) Four decades later, First Reformed may be the full realization of Schrader's vision. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
B+ 79% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) Before Dumont could even be safely recategorized again, Jeannette goes far beyond the label of goofy lark. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
D+ 84% Darkest Hour (2017) The film is far less ostentatious than Joe Wright's previous works, rather leaving all the showboating to the worst performance of Gary Oldman's career, a Winston Churchill impression that plays out like a procession of award show clips. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
C+ 92% Thelma (2017) Thelma plays like a Wachowski sisters or M. Night Shyamalan movie minus any of the earnestness or fun. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
B+ 89% Bodied (2018) Coming at the beginning of "Trump's America," it is, if anything, a middle-finger to "The Movie We Need Right Now" ethos dolloped out on a daily basis. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
B+ 87% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) By its climax of sorts, it's clear the film may be a goof on Rodrigues' part, but good thing it's at least funny enough to not just sustain, but build its laughs to the very end. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
A- 85% Hermia & Helena (2017) One to already emphasize the charisma and big-screen friendly faces of frequent stars Agustina Munoz and Maria Villar, [Matías Piñeiro] still seems to have an ability to make them points of representation, not fetish. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B- 90% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) Most of these ideas are more interesting on principal than execution. That is, until its final twenty-or-so minutes. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
B 55% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) It's not so much deliberately confrontational in the way so many experimental films are (or pride themselves on being), but rather risk-taking for the sake of something almost impossible to articulate -- even if based in something obvious. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
C- 85% Apprentice (2017) One has the overwhelming feeling that they won't get anything more from watching the film than just reading this thematic summary. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
B+ 37% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Maybe you're a much better person than this writer if you don't find this rousing as hell. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
5/5 85% Sully (2016) One of 2016's very best. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B+ 88% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) The Death of Louis XIV may be Serra's clearest film in terms of formal patterns and his most mysterious in actual meaning. It depends on who you ask; to this writer, that's a good thing. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
C 92% Raw (2017) Not managing to be as icky as it wants to be, Raw makes one long for the days of exploitation films that compensate for the lack of technical craft with pure, idiotic chutzpah. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
B- 100% Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016) Perhaps the stakes are too low to really criticize a project that generally works well enough on its own terms. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
B+ 80% The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo) (2017) The Woman Who Left is as nocturnal as the best noir, one of those films in which every transition from nighttime to daytime registers as a shock. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
B 31% Salt and Fire (2017) Salt and Fire's strange rhythms are so in-tune with Shannon's own performance and inherent presence that he seems to emerge as something of a co-author. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
C+ 54% The Belko Experiment (2017) In the hands of McClean, the film's violence feels often overwrought instead of fun. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
B 34% The Assignment (2017) If it's time to tread in '80s nostalgia - and, while we're at it, why not a dash of post-Tarantino '90s crime-flick remembrance to go with it? - (Re)Assignment speaks to these needs. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
B+ 83% How Heavy This Hammer (2015) At only two feature films, Toronto-based writer-director Kazik Radwanski has already formed a clear thematic through line. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016